The three doshas, or energy types, are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each one embodies a combination of elements and qualities to create a functional entity that is expressed in a person’s body and mind. Vata consists of the air and ether elements, governs all movement and processes within the body, and carries the energy of creativity and connection. It is cool, light and dry in nature. Pitta consists of the fire and water elements, governs digestion and transformation, and carries the energy of intelligence and ambition. It is hot, light and oily in nature. Kapha consists of the earth and water elements, governs the structure and cohesiveness of the body, and carries the energy of grounding and stability. It is cool, heavy and oily in nature. The ratio of the three doshas you are born with is called your Ayurvedic constitution, or prakriti, and remains constant throughout your lifetime.